Negative Conflict

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I agree with the opinion that conflict should be seen as a positive rather than a negative. However, conflict can either be positive or negative depending on the parties involved and the mediation and negotiation styles. According to the authors in the art and practice of mediation, despite the fact we usually think of conflict as a negative term, it brings a positive side which enables parties enhance relationships, understand the root of the conflict, reinforce values of society and provides moral development and growth steps (Bishop, Picard, Ramkay and Sargent, 2015, p. 94, chapter 4) According to Coser and Marx, conflict is an integral part of group formation and the group conflict will reestablish structure if there was non-from the prior…show more content…
It is not a natural process, there has to be a need and a sense of interdependence. Mediation is a consensual, confidential, and impartial process. Mediation is usually done when both parties have exhausted all options for a negotiation to occur due to lack of trust, power dynamics, interests and values, emotions and poor communication. Mediation a non-aggressive process used by many parties in conflict resolution, it is usually a conflict-defining phase. The neutral third-party in the mediation process is called a mediator. According to Picard, “mediation is a form of assisted mediation where an impartial individual facilitates the negotiation process while the parties determine the outcome”(Bishop et al. 2002, p. 21). Consequently, to Kruk defines mediation as “a collaborative conflict resolution process whereby parties in a dispute are assisted in their negotiations by a neutral and impartial third party and empowered to voluntarily reach their own mutually acceptable settlement” (Picard, 2002, p. 22). This is to say that the mediator as a neutral party does not make the final decision for the parties. In a third-party decision-making process, the mediator clarifies and interprets the rules for the process of mediation. The mediator has three know and possible roles – 1) to facilitate communication between the parties .2) facilitate negotiation between parties in other to help them reach a joint decision and .3)…show more content…
This is more of an individual and individual versus the larger group dynamic. Under core beliefs we try see if people are here to attain their self-interest or that of a larger group. Also, we try to apply the methods of conflict resolution learned from our family. This stage also enable one determine their belief of justice and fairness –the perception of justice and injustice. The second stage on theories that unify and explain abstract concepts elaborate on power and the principles of distributive justice. These principles are equality (fairness/justice), equity (the share of the pie, in terms of everyone having enough and as much as they contribute), and the need principle (those who need the pie the most get it). In most cases what looks just on one side can be unjust on the other side. Fairness is demonstrated under retributive justice whereby those who do wrong must be punished accordingly. The third stage of constellation is that on models of mediation and negotiation. It focuses on the models and conceptual frameworks the mediator has acquired from their profession, the logic behind it, limitations and past experiences and outcomes from using this model. The fourth stage is on facts and information pertaining to my mediation style, as well as the ethics and standards I must
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